John 11:1-45 Our assigned gospel for this weekend tells the story of the death of Lazarus. Brother to Martha and Mary. Friend to Jesus. Described by his sisters, as “the one whom Jesus loves”. It is a story of sickness and death, with all the emotions that are present in such moments. Sadness and grief, … More The Pain of Resurrection Life
John 9:1-41 Will you join me in prayer? Bless O’ Lord this word proclaimed and we who hear it. That as we gather together for worship in our homes, away from one another, we would be reminded, that through the gift of Baptism, we are bound together regardless of how distant we may feel. Restore … More The Power of Sight
John 3:1-17 One of the requirements of seminarians seeking ordained ministry in the ELCA, is to go through a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, in which they spend roughly 50 hours a week over a 10-week period working as a hospital chaplain. For most, myself included. A requirement for most seminarians, myself included, that takes … More Reborn to Love
Matthew 17:1-9 One of the things Christina learned very early on in our marriage in relation to our kid’s, is the importance of bedtime. That, while bedtime can certainly, at times, be one of the most life-draining times of the day as a parent, it is by far one of the most life-giving. Both for … More The Courage to Follow: Transfiguration
Matthew 5:13-20 As many of you know, especially those of you who follow me on Facebook, I spent last week on continuing education, completing the second intensive week of the ELCA’s senior pastor training program. So early last Tuesday morning, like 3am early, I pulled myself out of bed, grabbed two cups of coffee to … More Be Salt, Be Light.
Matthew 4:12-23 As Pastor Mike shared in our announcements, this weekend is the assigned weekend of the year when congregations who have gone through the process of becoming Reconciling in Christ, as we have here at St. James, celebrate and reflect on that status. To reflect on what exactly it means to be Reconciling in … More One in Christ: Reconciling in Christ Weekend
Matthew 3:13-17 This past week, while browsing through the ELCA Clergy Facebook page, I came across a recent article from TIME Magazine, entitled; “The New Testament Doesn’t Say What Most People Think It Does About Heaven”. As you could probably guess, based on the title, it attempts to flesh out what exactly it is that … More Bringing Heaven to Earth